Beautiful Location, Disappointing Experience
We arrived and found the key under the door as promised and let ourselves into a not so pleasant looking cabin. It smelled as if someone had just wiped it down with bleach, yet it was extremely dirty. The furniture was awkwardly placed, and mis-arranged throughout the living area. The whole house seemed more like a crash pad. We thought we’d make the best of everything and tried to turn on the music just to change the energy. We realized that the entire entertainment system was not working properly, so we pulled out the table to rearrange the electrical hookups. That’s when we noticed that behind the table was a thick layer of dirt and dust and other trash elements that were left behind by previous renters. Instead of complaining we found the mop and broom and started to sweep behind the table and that led us to sweep and vacuum everything in the living room just so the cabin would feel fresh. At the same time we rearranged the furniture the way we thought it was supposed to look and not the way previous renters had left it. Because we noticed the deep scratches in the wood floor, it appeared people had just dragged the furniture any way they wanted it. After spending the first day getting the upper level looking and feeling like we could live here for a week, we emailed the owner photographs to let him know what had taken place, bringing peace and order to his place and cleaning it better than I’m sure it has been cleaned in a long time. We shortly received two emails from the owner who was very unhappy with our decision to make the place look nicer than how we found it. We were threatened to be sued and asked to leave early and he would reimburse some of our rent if we wanted to leave that day. He was very defensive in accepting the truth about the state his cabin was really in. It was a very uncomfortable feeling for two people who simply took their time to make this place look and feel 100% better than what we arrived to. The beds are not comfortable. One of us is sleeping on the couch in his own linens, and one of us is sleeping across the foot of one bed wrapped in his own comforter. The entire downstairs is too dank for either of us to go down there. The pots and pans had caked on food, not to mention the spiderwebs, the blankets, carpets, sponges etc were covered in dust, dirt and dog hair. We were made to feel very uncomfortable by his email reply's and after that it was just an okay experience.
Spectacular view over San Diego County to Mt. Laguna, downtown, Catalina Island.